“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

And just like that, it’s August!

The weather is perfect. So perfect I’ve even bought an inflatable pool big enough to dip my bottom in fresh water while I sunbathe in the garden. The neighbours have gone away for a couple of weeks, so our dogs don’t feel they have to bark every time they hear someone move behind our hedge. All the flowers are proudly flashing their colourful petals. Sinatra is playing on the turntable. Our little garden feels like heaven on Earth.


Only life is not as it should be. That’s the moment when I start to scribble, mark, and hesitate what to write next on my notebook…

I turn the page and wonder if I should mention I am dying to go away right now. Preferably to Greece. Preferably without any phone with me.

Should I mention I wish close friends lived near-by?

I’m longing for crowded noisy barbecue nights.

I wish I could stop thinking I haven’t got a job to go back to in September.


A few days ago I was watching 2 little boys – about 4 and 6 – playing with their scooters. You could tell they had a scenario to follow. They were quite clearly playing an action scene, suddenly dismounting, miming binoculars, speaking in a language only they knew, figuring out how to avoid an invisible enemy… What a priceless thing it is to be a happy child. Carefree. Depending on your imagination to create an unlimited fantasy world. No needs. No to-do list. No wish-list. No challenge. No 5-year plan.


Last week, the reboot of Beverly Hills 90210 was on TV . 6 episodes in a row. I was so addicted to that show when I was 16. The original one.

In the reboot, the main actors are all playing themselves in a heightened version of reality that is inspired by their real lives and relationships. All the characters seem focus on trying to hide how they more or less failed their professional and personal life once the original series stopped at the end of the 90s after playing for 10 years. I wasn’t able to watch beyond the second episode because, let’s be honest, the quality is still unchanged : poor. And now, Luke Perry isn’t at the center of the oh so popular love triangle!… But seriously, I felt a little sad for all of them. Getting a job based on admitting you had the time of your life 20 years ago and you never managed to build something which could compare after that period…


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
― Mae West

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” 
― Mark Twain

5 thoughts on ““Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

  1. Same same here on everything. Sometimes I feel sorry for Hollywood celebrities. How depressing it must be to frozen in pictures. It’d be like a reverse Picture of Dorian Gray, except that everyone sees you for what you were then. I’m glad for the anonymity of growing old — no one remembers me & all the stupid things I did then, are long forgotten.

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